Garden tour at Parco Giardino Sigurtà at Mincio, Italy
It was a cold rainy day touring a garden in Northern Italy when most of the trees, shrubs and most plants are almost in their hibernation state, but a group of travel bloggers were invited to tour the gardens of Parco Giardino Sigurtà at Valeggio in Northern Italy as part of the trip to the region. A long time fan of private estate gardens and botanical gardens, I was looking forward to a diversion from the abundant historic cities and towns, palaces and rich landscapes of the region.
This historic garden started originally as a farm and estate since the 1600s was later converted into modern botanical garden in 1978. With over 600,000 square meters of land, the park is vast and has many garden rooms including: an oriental garden,green maze, hermitage, rose garden, 18 ornamental ponds, and thousands of topiary and nature formed trees that accent the trails, roads and landscape around the park.
The botanical garden is so large that there is a train shuttle that covers most of the grounds along with the perimeter areas with stunning views of the landscape below the gardens. It was a perfect option since the rain just started to come down on this dreary morning. You can also rent bicycles or golf carts around the park if you prefer not to walk around the huge park.
The water gardens and framed views to the main castle beyond called villa Maffei borders the edge of the botanical garden add a nice medieval detail to the scenery. Overlooking the towns or Valeggio along the Mincio river, the scene is radiant even on a rainy morning and I loved walking around and taking pictures of this idyllic scene. Purple water lilies peek out from water garden and adding a last hint of color before the winter approaches and the Mincio region.
In in the early winter, the park volunteers and gardeners continue to keep up and infuse winter color into the gardens for year-round visits of this vast botanical garden. Large stands of dahlias and lush impatiens blanket the landscape around the entrance and in many green areas of the park. It really makes for some magnificent garden views with beautiful views, don’t you agree?
There are over 18 ponds and water gardens in the park with scenic views to the gardens and beyond. The saturated grays of the cloudy skies still made the waterscape beautiful to admire and photograph like the image below with the large papyrus in the pond.
Here’s a last view of the scenic valley views out to the region of Mincio, in northern Italy close to Lake Garda. Even on a wet and cloudy day, the views are still breath-taking don’t you think?
If you go:
You can rent a bicycle or golf cart to tour the grounds or you can also take a train shuttle covering most of the key gardens in the park.
Train shuttle is 4.90 Eur for adults and 3.90 Eur for children (3-14)
There are also many nature and panoramic trails if you decide to walk around the park area
Hours are 9am to 6pm
Entrance is 12 Eur for adults, 8.50 Eur for seniors and 6 Eur for children (5-14)
Address: via Cavour 1, Valeggio sul Mincio (province of Verona). For more details on the park, check their main website here.
Thanks for joining me for a Garden tour at Parco Giardino Sigurtà in Mincio, Italy, I hope you enjoyed the tour. Please do share this post with any of the social media buttons around the site with your friends if you love gardens like this. I would like to thank Parco Giardino Sigurtà for the wonderful tour and our organizer Lorenzo Bonoldi for the amazing tour of the area.